Gilbert Stuart (1755 – 1828)
This nattily dressed gentleman is William Grant, painted by Gilbert Stuart in London while he was apprenticing with the renowned Benjamin West.
Widely known for his iconic portrait of George Washington, it is this portrait that propelled him into fame.
Initially establishing himself as a portraitist, Stuart was at first reluctant to paint a full figure.
He felt most comfortable painting portraits of subjects not below ‘the fifth button’.
Luckily, Gilbert rallied and turned out a painting that garnered immediate fame.
This painting was a trail-blazer, a look truly different for the era.
I love this painting as it portrays a character who’s attitude is beyond cool!